A task force seeking ways to smooth over conflicts between state and local authorities on how Colorado regulates energy development near communities says “collaboration and coordination” need to be improved.
In a draft report, the task force says that the state’s “local government designee” program, which allows local governments to suggest restrictions on drilling permits, needs to be used more effectively than it is now.
The draft report, dated Wednesday, is available here. A final version of the task force’s report is to be delivered by April 18.
The draft document comes as state leaders and the energy industry have been debating what role local governments should have in regulating oil and gas operations in Colorado.